This short, balanced and accessible Reader introduces the Christian faith through important theological readings, covering historical, modern, denominational, gender, liberal and traditional issues. It is the ideal accompaniment to the bestselling textbook, Theology: The Basics, 2nd edition. Edited by leading theologian, Alister E. McGrath, this volume brings together a range of readings which act as an introduction to the Christian faith Includes 56 readings chosen for their balanced portrayal of chronology, denomination, gender, and theological orientation Provides an introduction and analysis of each reading, along with a helpful glossary Uses the Apostle’s Creed as an accessible framework to introduce readers to writings on key issues, such as faith, God, Jesus, creation and salvation Encourages readers to interact with each text and to engage with primary sources.
How to use this book. Engaging a reading. Christian theology: An historical overview. 1 Faith. 1.1 Augustine on theology and secular philosophy. 1.2 Vincent of Lerins on Tradition and Theology. 1.3 John Calvin on the Nature of Faith. 1.4 Karl Barth on revelation and the Word of God. 1.5 Emil Brunner on faith and reason. 1.6 Paul Tillich on the nature of theology. 1.7 C. S. Lewis on myths in Theology. 1.8 John Paul II on faith and Reason. 2 God. 2.1 Athenagoras of Athens on the Christian God. 2.2 Thomas Aquinas on analogies of God. 2.3 Jürgen Moltmann on the Suffering of God. 2.4 Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Glory of God. 2.5 Elizabeth A. Johnson on Female Analogies for God. 2.6 Sarah Coakley on Vulnerability and God. 3 Creation. 3.1 Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. 3.2 Jonathan Edwards on the beauty of creation. 3.3 William Paley on the contrivance of nature. 3.4 John Henry Newman on natural religion. 3.5 G. K. Chesterton on the doctrine of creation. 3.6 Dorothy L. Sayers on creation and evil. 4 Jesus. 4.1 Athanasius of Alexandria on the incarnation. 4.2 Martin Kähler on the “Jesus of History”. 4.3 George Tyrrell on modern views of Jesus. 4.4 Austin Farrer on the incarnation and suffering. 4.5 Morna D. Hooker on Chalcedon and the New Testament. 4.6 N. T. Wright on Jesus and the identity of God. 5 Salvation. 5.1 Rufinus of Aquileia on Christ’s death as a victory. 5.2 Anselm of Canterbury on satisfaction for sin. 5.3 F. D. E. Schleiermacher on Christ as redeemer. 5.4 Bernard Lonergan on the rationality of salvation. 5.5 Colin Gunton on the language of salvation. 5.6 Rosemary Radford Ruether on suffering and redemption. 6 Trinity. 6.1 Irenaeus of Lyons on the Trinitarian faith. 6.2 The Eleventh Council of Toledo on the Trinity. 6.3 Henry Barclay Swete on the Holy Spirit and the Trinity. 6.4 Karl Rahner on the economic Trinity. 6.5 John Macquarrie on the function of the Trinity. 6.6 Robert Jenson on the Trinity as God’s name. 7 Church. 7.1 Martin Luther on the nature of the church. 7.2 Lesslie Newbigin on a missionary ecclesiology. 7.3 The Second Vatican Council on the Church. 7.4 George Dragas on Orthodox ecclesiology. 7.5 Stanley Hauerwas on the church and the Christian story. 7.6 Leonardo Boff on the reinvention of the Church. 8 Sacraments. 8.1 Cyril of Jerusalem on the meaning of baptism. 8.2 Huldrych Zwingli on the real presence. 8.3 The Council of Trent on transubstantiation. 8.4 The World Council of Churches on baptism. 8.5 Rowan Williams on the sacraments as signs. 8.6 Benedict XVI on the Eucharist. 9 Heaven. 9.1 Cyprian of Carthage on the hope of heaven. 9.2 Methodius of Olympus on the resurrection body. 9.3 John Wesley on the final restoration of nature. 9.4 The Catechism of the Catholic Church on the resurrection. 9.5 Wolfhart Pannenberg on eschatology and evil. 9.6 Kathryn Tanner on eternal life. A brief glossary of theological terms. Sources of readings. Acknowledgements. Index
"The extracts [here] have been clearly selected, and represent a good mix of classical and more modern writers, with an occasional rather less obvious choice … .[The extracts] selected here fit well with the themes of the companion work, as one would expect." (Theological Book Review, 2008) “Ample readings from the patristic, medieval, and Reformation eras give the reader a sense of the depth and breadth of each theme across the ages. Although brief, the volume packs surprising diversity into its pages: Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant; feminist and liberationist; revisionist and conservative. It is hard to imagine a better basic introduction to Western Christian theology.” (Religious Studies Review, September 2008) “The prolific Oxford professor has added to his bibliographic tapestry…a good resource and [it] can be used effectively in an introductory course on theology.” (Southern Baptist Journal of Theology)
Alister E. McGrath is Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University, and Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. He is the author of numerous popular theology textbooks, including Christian Theology, fourth edition and The Christian Theology Reader, third edition. Readers may wish to use this book in order to make the transition to these more challenging texts.
Bringing together a range of key and accessible theological readings, each accompanied by an introduction and analysis, Theology: The Basic Readings provides a clear, concise overview of the Christian faith. It spans Christian history, offering a balanced account of the historical periods and important theological viewpoints. This collection: Brings together a range of readings which act as an introduction to the Christian faith Includes 56 readings chosen for their balanced chronology, denomination, gender, and theological orientation Provides an introduction and analysis of each reading, along with a helpful glossary Uses the Apostle’s Creed as a helpful framework to introduce readers to writings on key issues, such as faith, God, Jesus, creation, and salvation Edited by the leading theologian and internationally-regarded author, Alister E. McGrath. This volume can be read on its own is an ideal companion to Theology: The Basics, second edition.
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